CARIBBEAN - Tropical Storm Gabrielle has been downgraded to a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center announced late Thursday morning
According to the NHC, satellite and radar are showing that Gabrielle has become very disorganized. None of the data show that tropical storm force winds exist. As a result, Gabrielle was downgraded to a tropical depression as of 11 a.m. Thursday.
Tropical Storm Gabrielle formed overnight, bringing heavy rains to Puerto Rico and adjacent Islands.
As of the 5 a.m. National Hurricane Center Advisory, the center of Tropical Storm Gabrielle was estimated near latitude 17.5N, longitude 66.9W, which is roughly to the southwest of Puerto Rico.
Maximum sustained winds are nearly 40 mph. The general movement is toward the northwest at nearly 8 mph. Gabrielle is expected to turn north-northwest by Friday with a slight decrease in forward motion.
The NHC's official track takes the center near or over the southwestern portion of Puerto Rico Thursday morning and across the Mona Passage later in the day. Gabrielle is expected to then move east of the Turks and the Caicos Islands on Friday.
The convection around Gabrielle has expanded some overnight and some slight strengthening is possible over the next day or two.
The majority of the forecast models take Gabrielle toward the north and west in between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic over the next few days before curving off to the north and east, just east of Bermuda. However there are a few models that take Gabrielle to the west.